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Contact Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the Environment and Personal Protective Equipment: How Significant Is It?

  • Posted: June 4, 2020
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One of the most frequently asked questions regarding SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is how does person-to-person transmission occur? From early reports, the primary mode of transmission is through close contact to a COVID-19-infected person via large droplets when the person coughs or sneezes.

In recent correspondence on the aerosol stability of SARS-CoV-22, the virus remained viable and infectious for three hours in an experimental setting. The stability of a surface was investigated with results that showed the virus was viable up to 72 hours after application of a surface disinfectant on plastic and stainless steel.

This whitepaper, written by infection prevention expert Joan Hebden MS, RN, CIC, FAPIC, addresses the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as well as important infection prevention strategies for mitigation during this pandemic.

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